May 2019

Paedophile ex soldier jailed over vile smartphone child abuse images

A transgender ex-soldier has been jailed after she was caught with images of child rape and torture for the second time.

Ella Davies gave herself up to police after being on the run for two months during which she lived rough in woodland around Tavistock and Plymouth.

Police issued a public appeal for information because of concerns over the welfare of Davies, who is a biker and has appeared at previous court hearings in full leathers.

She is a transgender father-of-two who was on a suspended sentence for committing identical offences when she was living in Plymouth in 2016 under his original identity as Daniel Reeves.

Her new home in Paignton was raided by police in August 2017 and a total of 1,103 images of children were found on her smartphone.

They included a photograph of a naked girl of about three reaching out for help in obvious distress and the word ‘Rape’ written on her body.

Another showed a girl of about two being raped by an adult male, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Davies, aged 36, of Rothesay Gardens, Plymouth, admitted making and possessing indecent images of children, breaching bail, and breaking a suspended sentence.

She was jailed for a year and nine months by Judge David Evans, who also made a sexual harm prevention order which will enable the police to monitor her future use of the internet.

He told her: “You are repeat offender and this case is aggravated by the very young age and discernible distress of the subjects of the image.

“Your seeking out of these odious images contributes to the demand for then and leads to their creation and the harm that causes to children.

“I accept your experience of custody may be more challenging for you than for others, for obvious reasons.”

Davies will start her sentence at the all-male Exeter Prison and it will then be up to the prison service to decide whether to transfer her to a male or female prison.

Mr Tom Bradnock, prosecuting, said Davies was made subject to a two-year suspended sentence at Plymouth Crown Court in 2016 for 12 similar offences.

Police raided the house where he was living in Dukes Place, Paignton, on August 31, 2017 and seized her Samsung mobile, which contained the child images, including 103 in the most serious category. Some had been downloaded just hours earlier.